This tiny camera can capture high-resolution images inside the brain. It relie on the new technology technique called Computation Cannula Microscopy. This camera is embedded inside a micro-thin surgical needle. The needle features laser light that shine directly into the brain. The laser light illuminates selective cell inside the brain. The cell have been genetacally engineered to glow under the certain laser light.
This new technique has been proven to work on animals. Researchers hope to optimize their technique for humans.
It will allow researchers to study neurological disorder in more details including depression, OCD, autism, Alzheimer’s and aggression.
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Imaging deep inside tissue, including the brain, is critical to understanding various biological processes. Doing so through a small probe is also of primary importance for minimizing tissue damage. Here, we apply computational techniques to create fluorescent images and video using a microscopic surgical needle (cannula) to guide light in and out of a mouse brain. The simplicity and small footprint of our system have the potential for deep-brain imaging (depths>1mm) which should enable a wide variety of biological and neuroscience studies in the future. Although all our images were performed on dissected brains, the technique can be extended with slight modifications to awake behaving animals.
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